"Oh, Dear! What Can the Matter Be?" (aka "Johnny's So Long at the Fair") is a traditional nursery rhyme song that can be traced back as far as the 1770's in England. There are several versions of the song.

Oh, Dear! What Can the Matter Be? - English Children's Songs - England - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image

Notes

A Shorter Version:

Oh dear, what can the matter be?
Oh dear, what can the matter be?
Oh dear, what can the matter be?
Johnny's so long at the fair.
He promised to buy me a bunch of blue ribbons
To tie up my bonny brown hair.

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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Oh, Dear! What Can the Matter Be?